Bronze Persian arrowhead, VIII-IX century B.C.

The object before us is a bronze arrowhead belonging to objects called "the bronzes of Luristan". They are so called because of their origin, the region of Luristan, in Iran. The area is traditionally linked to the origin of metallurgy and is also known as the land of horse breeders. The ethnicity of the people who created these objects is unknown, although there is a possibility that they may have been Persians who lived in this region along with the "Lar" tribes, which gave their name to the region. The typologies are very varied, from weapons, tools, accessories for horses. Most of the bronze pieces were made as funerary objects, since this metal was part of the funerary rituals. Bronze symbolized the person's desire for immortality and its importance is affirmed by the thousands of objects found in tombs and sanctuaries. The pieces are not very heavy because they were transhumant people, animal lovers, represented in a real and mythological way, as well as great fighters and defenders of their territory. It can be said that this art was a functional craft, embellished their lives and customs.


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